Consolidated runs Stonewall brief

Stonewall has taken on agency help to handle its general election

campaigning.



Consolidated Communications has been appointed to promote the gay and

lesbian rights group's policy document, called 'Equal As Citizens:

Action For a New Century', as well as the organisation' s web

activities.



The contract runs until the general election. Account director Richard

Jarman leads a four-strong team and reports to Debbie Gupta, director of

public affairs and policy.



Jarman said: 'Most of our work will be targeting political journalists.

This will also expand into the mainstream media.



'We will be working with the lesbian and gay media as well but the

issues, including age of consent and Section 28, have a broader appeal

across the board,' he added.



Stonewall is currently without in-house PR support. A recruitment

campaign earlier this year failed to find a full-time PRO and the

organisation is currently reviewing the role.



The director of communications position at Stonewall was vacated by Mark

Watson last June, when he became Gay.com communication and marketing

director.



Freelance consultant Sebastian Sands was recruited in the interim but is

no longer with the organisation.



Stonewall deputy director Caspar Thomson said: 'With the election coming

up it's important that we get coverage for web output and the

manifesto.



'Even if we had a press officer, it's likely we would have taken on an

agency for this specialist role at election time,' he added.



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